We've talked up the Broncos 2008 Draft haul here at MHR for a while now. The Draft itself was a bit shocking, but as several contributers stepped up and shared their well-researched opinions on our new players, I think we all ended up please by the process. Much the same has happened with our decisions in free agency this reloading season, but that's not the focus on this post. I just wanted to share this tidbit by Scott Wright of NFL Draft Countdown about Denver's most recent draft:
It's obviously still very early but this could be one of Denver's best Draft Day hauls in years. In fact, every one of their selections is probably capable of making a pro roster and contributing in one form or another. Not only did Denver address their greatest need (left tackle) and land prospects who are a perfect fit for their system but they got good value throughout the draft and it even looks like they might have hit on a couple of late rounders. Denver is going to be an interesting team to watch in 2008 and while it's hard to envision them overtaking San Diego in the AFC West they could certainly compete for a Wild Card spot and maybe even make some noise in the playoffs. This draft class doesn't offer a lot of flash and Clady is the only sure-fire rookie starter but the long-term prognosis looks bright.
I invite you all to take a moment and read the full article, because I found it interesting. He basically echoes the opinions expressed by many of the community here, but that's significant because he's not a Broncos fan! He's also a respected member of the draft-watching community (media passes to the Senior Bowl, Combine, etc.) so it's not like he's some kook in the basement of his mother's house. I believe the grade was supressed because of the lack of "flash" and early picks, but the comments give you the feeling that a 'B' is the floor for this group. I'm excited about this all over again and I thought I'd share it with you in case you've missed it. Cheers, and go Broncos!